This report is being made available to the general public from the office of former Governor Scott of Florida. At our request his office graciously provided us a copy of the report. We were asked by the Sumner County School Board (in part) to present the findings to the county commission and the school board. At the meeting, part of the school board and county commission appeared to be surprised that we had obtained the report and did everything they could to prevent the findings from being presented. Please consider downloading the report and sending a copy to everyone you know so that we can perhaps prevent such loss and tragedy from perpetuating itself by allowing willfully ignorant school board administrators and law makers to repeatedly implement policies and procedures that endanger life.
COMMISSION BACKGROUND AND SCOPE
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4 non-voting members appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President
or specified in legislation. The Commission was formed to specifically analyze information
from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and other mass violence
incidents and provide recommendations and system improvements to help mitigate the
impacts from and prevent future school shootings.
The Commission was established through 2023. For the initial year, the Commission held
monthly public meetings in South Florida between April and November 2018 (October’s
meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Michael), and the Commission’s December
meeting was held in Tallahassee. The Commission heard presentations and testimony on
the shooting, school safety issues and many other related topics.
Commission Responsibilities and Scope of Report
The MSDHSPSA specified a number of specific considerations and topics that the
Commission should address in its initial report to the Governor, Speaker of the House and
Senate President. The following is a summary of the tasks as assigned by law.
• Produce a timeline of the incident, incident response and all relevant events
preceding the incident.
• Review interactions between the perpetrator and governmental entities such as
schools, law enforcement agencies, courts and social service agencies.
• Identify failures to adequately communicate or coordinate regarding indicators of
risk or possible threats and whether failures contributed to an inability to prevent
deaths and injuries.
• Analyze incident response by local law enforcement agencies and school resource
officers, including a review of existing policies and procedures for active assailant
incidents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
• Evaluate whether the incident response complied with the existing policies and
procedures and how those existing policies and procedures compare to national
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• Evaluate whether failures in the policies and procedures, or in the execution of
them, contributed to an inability to prevent deaths and/or injuries.
• Provide recommendations for improvements for law enforcement and school
resource officer response.
• Provide recommendation for a ratio of school resource officers per school by school
type along with a methodology for determining ratio, which must include school
location, student population and school design.
• Provide recommendations for improving communication and coordination of
agencies that have knowledge of indicators of risk or possible threats of mass
• Provide recommendations for effectively using available state/local tools and
resources for enhancing communication and coordination related to indicators of
risk or possible threats.
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